By Danjuma Joseph Lafia
Eggon Community in Keffi local government area of Nasarawa state, have elected a new traditional ruler that will over see the affairs of Eggon people in the area.
In a peaceful and orderly election held at the Akatiki Hotel in keffi at the weekend, Mr. Francis Philip Kigbu, emerged as the new Aren Eggon after scoring the highest number of votes to beat other three other contestants.
The voting exercise was attended and performed by all the representatives and leaders of the Eggon Communities in keffi Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking shortly after the declaration of the result by the chairman of the Electoral Committee, Hon. Yohana Madaki, the new Aren Eggon, who was before now the Madakin Eggon in Keffi, Mr. Francis Philip, thanked the people for the confidence reposed on him, as he pledged to carry all of them along in the discharge of his responsibilities.
He solicited for their support, cooperation and understanding, especially those he contested with promising that he would always be guided by the spirit of fairness, equity and justice to all.
Philip who expressed delight with the coming together by the Eggon Communities who conducted themselves peacefully in the exercise saying that such noble attribute has truly signifies their position as one people or community “Eggon Kyenken”.
While praying for the peace, unity and prosperity of the Eggon people, Nasarawa State and Nigeria as a whole, he assured of their full support, cooperations and prayers with a view to build a just and egalitarian society for the collective betterment of all and sundry.
” I also want to use this medium to thank the Emir of keffi, HRH, Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa lll for his outstanding and fatherly role to all the people of keffi with special emphasis to the Eggon people. We are assuring him of our usual cooperation in all ramifications and always wishing his late father Chindo Yamusa ll whom he succeeded to rest in perfect peace with Almighty God” the Aren Eggon keffi stated.
Speaking after the election some of the Eggon Community leaders that spoke to our correspondent include Mr. Habila Kigbu, Timothy Ogye and Emmanuel Ajegana have tasked the newly elected Aren Eggon or Wakilin Eggon to be just and fair in the discharge of his duties and to also be accommodative by carrying everybody including those that contested with them along.
He also admonished those that lost out in the election to display the spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the out come in good faith since all would never be leaders at the same time as well as to cooperate with the winner so as to collectively build a peaceful community.
Earlier while announcing the result the chairman of the electoral Committee, Yohana Madaki stated that a total number of 33 eligible voters casted their votes during the election and out of which Mr. Francis Philip scored 28 votes to beat Anthony Ibi Usman who scored 3 votes while Bala Kuje and Solomon Danjuma got 1 votes each.
He then commended all those that participated in the exercise for marking it peaceful and hitch free as well as tasked them to cooperate with the winner for the peace unity and prosperity of Eggon Community in keffi.